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Write Congress in Support of Funding for Social & Behavioral Science

Talking Points

Feel free to draw from the talking points below or personalize your letter to reflect your own experience. You can also consult our policy/agency-specific talking points for specific FY 2016 concerns.

  • Social and behavioral science research is supported across the federal government, including at the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, federal statistical agencies, and many other departments and agencies.  This support helps us as a nation better address complex, human-centered questions, such as:
    • How to convince a community in the path of a tornado to seek cover; or
    • Ways to slow the HIV/AIDS epidemic; or
    • How to thwart cybercrime and protect Americans’ privacy and security in an increasingly connected world.
  • Social and behavioral science research contributes substantially to the knowledge that benefits the U.S. taxpayer. Without this science, policy-making on major national issues will not be based on evidence and billions of dollars will be wasted.
  • Please do all you can to reverse damaging sequestration cuts and raise the discretionary spending caps for fiscal year (FY) 2016 and beyond.
  • Cuts to scientific research—such as those proposed in FY 2016 appropriations bills—will only exacerbate the nation’s “innovation deficit,” which continues to the threaten the U.S.’s standing as the global scientific leader.
  • Too many reductions have already been made on the backs of non-defense discretionary spending. Until sequestration is addressed, federal science agencies like the NSF and NIH will continue to suffer.
  • I hope you will visit www.cossa.org to view other examples of federally-supported social and behavioral science research that contribute to issues of national significance, as well as to access fact sheets on the economic impact of this research to our state.

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